Glimpses of Tibet Tour

5 Days


Glimpses of Tibet Tour is a package in which you get to do two days of guided touring in Lhasa sightseeing places worthy of note and then taken on an excursion to the fringes of Lhasa to Lake Namtso for the day, making you spend a total time of the value of five days for this touring package.

Lhasa, where you do this Glimpses of Tibet Tour, happens to be the capital of the autonomous region of Tibet. It falls in a kind of valley in a tableland better known as a plateau. This Tibetan Plateau happens to be the world’s highest plateau which falls to the north of Nepal and somewhat that of the Himalayan Region, due to which, the lands beyond the north of the Himalayas get blocked from the southerly rain-bearing clouds and forms somewhat of a cold high altitude desert. This has not been a bearing on those people who have made this region their home, though most have lived a semi-nomadic life-style from creating some of the finest religious architectures which have evolved from their Buddhist faith adopted over the centuries. Lhasa, being the regional capital showcases what can be called the Tibetan artistic cultural, traditional and religious monuments and artifacts to modern human civilization. This along with other natural aspects of Lhasa you get to see in this Glimpse of Tibet Tours.

Something which you get to see and learn about in this Glimpses of Tibet Tour that is surely going to have a lasting repercussion on one’s mental aptitude is profound. Here, is just a summary of the most important features, which will surely have a lasting impact on you. Beginning with the Potala Palace, one of the places you are sure to see has been given that name as it was used from the time of being built to house the religious and administrative head, the Dalai Lama, though, in a true sense, it was built as Dzong the Tibetan word for fortress. It is or was the winter palace for the Dalai Lama. The construction of it started by the fifth Dalai Lama in 1645. The next which you would likely be taken to is Norbulingka which means “jeweled park” which was or is the summer palace of the Dalai Lama. It is a massive complex situated a short distance from the Potala Palace and has the largest man-made garden in Tibet. Besides the lakes and gardens, it also has the complexes of a spiritual palace. Then comes the Sera Monastery, translating to “the Wild Roses Monastery”. It is a Monastery which can hold, over 5000 monks at a time and has three colleges of spiritual learning and a massive central hall besides other parts of architectural value to it. It first came into being in 1419 by Jamchen Chojey. Another important aspect of Glimpses of Tibet Tour is Jokhang Temple which lies in the heart of Lhasa that is maintained by the Gelug School of spiritual teaching. This Buddhist temple accepts people from all sects of Buddhist faiths and other religions as well. It has art and architecture dating back from the time it was built during the reign of King Songtsen Gompo. These are some of the places of note that you are bound to visit besides the Bakhar Street Market where you can pick up homemade replicas of what you have seen along with Tibetan art and craft. Then not to forget mentioning, the day excursion to Lake Namtso which lies at an elevation of 4,718 meters with a surface area of 1,920 square kilometers along with a number of islands used as spiritual homes for meditation. Last but not the least, is your entry into the land flying in and out over the tableland and the Himalayas to the South.

What are the means of accommodation while on the tour?
From the time you arrive in Lhasa to the time you depart, you will be accommodated in three-star and above accommodation and will be transported from sightseeing by private vehicle as far as possible or by set tourist buses. All meals are provided while on the tour.

Outline Itinerary for Glimpses of Tibet Tour
Day 1: Kathmandu to Lhasa (3650m)- By Flight
Day 2: Sightseeing Lhasa
Day 3: Sightseeing Lhasa
Day 4: Lhasa to Lake Namtso (4,720m) to Lhasa
Day 5: Depart Tibet

Trip Highlights

  • Witness panoramic view of Himalayas during the flight.
  • Enjoy guided city tour of Lhasa (Potala Palace, Jokhang Temple, Sera Monastery etc.)
  • Visit Barkhor Street Market & great shopping
  • Discover Tibetan Buddhist culture & tradition
  • Explore Namtso lake (4,718 meters)


Today you will fly into Lhasa at 3,650 metres above sea level, from Kathmandu while passing over terrains with spectacular view of green hills, rushing rivers, valleys and gorges then onto the High Himalayan snow-capped mountains then onto a desolated high altitude plateau to eventually land in Lhasa and then taken to your hotel to simply rest and get acclimatized.

On the first day in Lhasa, you will be taken for the whole day. We start right after breakfast, where first begin by the Potala Palace, which is atop a hill and was first built King Songtsen Gompo and added to its magnificent by successive kings and Dalai to its refineries’. Then, we pay a visit to Norbulinka and Ramoche Monastery. Norbulinka means Treasure Park and is thought to be the largest man made garden in Tibet. Whereas the Ramche Monastery was first built in the 7th century by Hand architecture of China. We are then transferred by to our hotel.

Completing breakfast, we continue seeing other places in Lhasa. We begin by going to Sera Monastery, we means wild roses in Tibetan. It is a Monastery 5 Km to the north of Lhasa with a vast complex of a main assemble hall and three universities which has a capacity to house 4 to 5 thousand monks. Next we go to Jokhang Temple that is in the heart of Lhasa and has the most precious item, a golden Shakyamuni gifted by the Chinese Princess Wen Cheng on her wedding to King Songtsen Gompo. Eventually we go to Barkhor Market to check out what bargains of religious and culture items we might get of the culture of Tibet here. We then return to our hotel for the night.

In the morning time, we will take a four hour drive to Lake Namtso which is in the nomadic county of Damshug. We explore around the lake side and then return to Lhasa. We stay at a hotel.

Having completed what we came for, your tour guide will take you to the airport for you flight out to your next destination.
At Breakfree Adventures, we hope that you had a nice time on this tour, where we take your security and comfort into consideration while on it.


What is Included

  • Transportation bus /jeep as per group size.
  • Tibet travel permit.
  • English speaking Tibetan guide.
  • Accommodation on twin sharing room basis.
  • Guided Lhasa & Lake Namtso tour with private guide.
  • Sightseeing and monastery entrance fees as per our itinerary.
  • Daily breakfast.
  • Hotel-airport-hotel transfer in Lhasa and Kathmandu.

What is Not Included

  • Client and travel insurance.
  • Lunch and dinner.
  • Personal expenses such as a drink, tips& etc.
  • Nepal re- entry visa fee


Where is Tibet in Asia?

Tibet in Asia is located in the south-west of China bordering India, Nepal, Myanmar (Burma) and Bhutan. Tibet is the highest region on Earth, with an average elevation of 5,000 m. It covers much of the Tibetan Plateau covering about 2.5 million km2. Tibet is under China’s occupation and known as Tibet Autonomous Region or TAR.

What is the best way to enter Tibet?

The best way to enter Tibet is either overland or by flight. You can enter Tibet by driving overland from Kathmandu and drive to Lhasa crossing over the Kerung Nepal Tibet border or you can take the train from mainland China ing and go to Lhasa. This train service goes around the highest point on earth through the vast Tibetan plateau. By air, you can fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa where there’s a daily flight.

What are glimpses of Tibet tour?

Glimpses of Tibet tour is to discover cultural, historical and religious sides of Tibet where you will have sightseeing in Lhasa visiting several landmarks for two days then drive to Lake Namtso on the third day to witness this pristine lake along with spectacular Himalayan panorama. Overall, the tour gives you a full insight of Buddhist culture and traditions.

Where you go during Lhasa city sightseeing?

Lhasa city sightseeing covers all the major tourist landmarks and is for two days. You will visit cultural, historical and religious locations like Potala palace, Jokhang temple, Barkhor market,
Sera and Dripung monasteries, Norbuinka which gives a full insight of Tibetan cultural heritage.

How is Namtso lake tour?

Namtso lake tour is a side-excursion and a day’s tour from the Lhasa city where you visit this most beautiful and serene mountain lake located at a distance of 122 kilometers from Lhasa. After the tour, you drive back to Lhasa.

How to travel from Nepal to Tibet? Can I fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa?

To travel from Nepal to Tibet you can either fly or drive to Tibet from Kathmandu. To fly from Kathmandu to Lhasa there’s a daily flight in between Tibet’s capital Lhasa and Kathmandu. By overland, you need to cross the Kerung border from Kathmandu and drive to Lhasa passing along small towns like Gyantse, Sygatse etc. The overland journey from Kathmandu to Lhasa takes 5 days overland drive.

Is there Kathmandu to Tibet train?

No, Kathmandu to Tibet train isn’t available and the only option is the overland drive.

Do I need a visa for Tibet?

Yes, visa for Tibet which is called Tibet Travel Permit is required on top of a Chinese visa. Both can be obtained in Kathmandu via a travel agent. A valid visa for China is not the same as a Tibet Travel Permit. Those with a Chinese tourist visa will still need to apply for a Tibet travel permit.

Can I apply for the Tibet visa myself?

Unfortunately, you can’t and as per the Chinese government’s strict policy, one can’t get visas by themselves and travel individually.

How long does it take to get Tibet Visa?

It can take about a week and in urgent cases, it will take three days but you need to pay extra to process the permit urgently.

Will I still need a Tibet permit if I am entering Tibet via China?

Yes, you will still need Tibet permit entering via China and we can process that. Just let us know your exact travel date a week before your tour departure and we shall process with the Tibet travel permit.

How to apply for Tibet travel permit?

You need to send a copy of your passport details then we shall apply for Tibet travel permit. You need to arrive Kathmandu at least 2 or 3 days before your travel date during when your original passport and passport photos are required to issue the Tibet travel permit from the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu.

Is travel insurance to Tibet required?

It’s good to have travel insurance to Tibet since Tibet is located in the higher altitude with an average of 3,000 m to 4,000 meters. So, it’ safe to have medical insurance where altitude sickness can occur.

Can you travel alone in Tibet?

No, you must use an authorized travel company to take care of your visa and permit including arranging the entire tour.

What is the best time of year to visit Tibet?

The best time of year to visit Tibet is from May to October. It will be summer during this time when sunshine melts the snow and high passes are opened up. Visiting on spring will give you green vegetation and in spring beautiful wildflower carpet. June to August is the monsoon season so quite not a good time to travel.

Will I have a Tibet guide during the tour?

Yes, and it will be a trained native Tibetan guide who shall lead your tour and take you to all the sightseeing places giving you all the interesting information.

How are hotels in Tibet China?

There some good hotels in Tibet China from standard and tourist classes. You can find luxury hotels in the city of Lhasa too but outside Lhasa, it will be basic standard accommodations but with good rooms and better facilities.

Are there 5-star hotels in Lhasa Tibet?

Yes, there are choices of 5-star hotels in Lhasa Tibet which are located at the Lhasa City only.

What currency does Tibet use?

The currency used in Tibet is Chinese Remimbian Yuan. US$1 is equivalent to 6 to 8 Yuan which can differ slightly as per daily rates. Credit cards can also be used in many big stores, hotels or you can take out local currency through ATM located in cities and towns.

How to avoid altitude sickness in Tibet?

Tibet is located at a higher altitude so altitude sickness Tibet travel can occur; if not you can also feel a slight headache due to high altitude. By overland drive, you slowly drive from low to high altitude adapting with the altitude gained. If you are directly flying to Lhasa then you are suggested to rest at your hotel on your arrival day and start the tour the next day. Altitude sickness depends upon individuals so it’s not also confirmed that everyone will get it. Just drink enough water and rest.

Do I require vaccinations for travel to Tibet?

Recommended vaccinations for travel to Tibet are hepatitis A and typhoid fever, as well as diarrhea. Malaria prophylaxis is recommended if you are traveling the southeastern part of the country, in conjunction with insect repellents and other measures to prevent mosquito bites.

Are there any special tips for travel to Tibet?

You need to respect the culture and traditions while traveling in Buddhist countries like when you are making a ‘kora’- circulating a temple, please walk in a clockwise direction. Take off your shoes, sunglass or hat while entering a monastery. Some monasteries are forbidden to enter and ask for permission before taking a photo of locals.

Trip Information

Tour guide
We have a team of highly experienced and professionally trained tour guides who are thoroughly versed in culture and history of each place of the places you will be visiting.

Tour Availability
We operate Tour of Lhasa with your personal guide and can be organised as per the desired traveling dates.

We use comfortable car/mini-van for the sightseeing tours. For up to 2 people, car is provided and mini-van is for the group 3-10 people.

Tour duration
The tour duration is 03 nights/04 days.

The climate of the Tibet fluctuates continuously so it is better to carry warm clothes. If you just want to trek or tour at a lower altitude, fleece jackets and pants are enough. While for a higher altitude trekking, down jackets are necessary.

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Trip Facts

  • Tibet
  • 04 Nights/05 Days
  • All year round
  • Private vehicles & Flights
  • Namtso Lake 4,718 meters
  • Moderate
  • Lhasa
  • Lhasa
  • Lhasa, Potala palace, Lake Namtso, Jokhang Temple, Barkhor Market, Norbulinka
  • Hotels

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